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Braiding natural hair: Chunky texture or ultra-tight?

Which look do you prefer?

Make your natural hair a real statement piece without having to heat, style or overdose on products thanks to these on-trend braided looks. But which one will you be rocking this season: a bold chunky texture or a tight, super chic version? Vote here on Match the Look!

Fun, chunky texture

The hairstyle: Long natural hair just begs to be braided into these multi-dimensional chunky plaits that keep the hair under control without hiding its length. Even without super long hair, this is a look that can be achieved by subtly working extensions into the braids.

The style: Make your hair easier to braid by smoothing it out beforehand. A serum such as from Serie Expert will calm any natural frizz without weighing down the hair. Simply spread through the lengths and tips of towel-dried hair before drying.

What the editors say: We love when these big and beautiful braids are scooped up effortlessly into a loose ballerina bun style. Keep one braid free when tying up the hair and use to wrap around and hide the elastic.

Ultra tight and chic

The hairstyle: Cornrows became big on social media in 2017, although they've been worn on natural hair for many years. Practical and striking, this look is the ideal option for between cuts, when you haven't washed your hair, or if it's being a little too rebellious.

The style: It's best to let a professional take care of this look, as – for full effect – the Dutch braids need to be precise, without a flyaway in sight. A shine-enhancing hairspray can lift this look to the next level; we recommend whose nozzle allows you to focus on each braid.

What the editors say: Any girl working this look immediately stands out from the crowd. But there's an added bonus here...Once you take out the braids, you'll be left with amazing kinky curls and a new, totally different hairstyle!

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